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Anna Bolena

Gaetano Donizetti

New Production

Anne is the original Boleyn girl. Few figures in British history have dominated the imaginations of writers, painters and film directors quite like her. Donizetti’s re-imagining of Anne’s final days in the scheming court of Henry VIII is a touching one. It is a portrait of an innocent stranded in a nest of vipers. You will find it hard not to care deeply for her.

Director Alessandro Talevi’s production will highlight personalities over pageantry, and what personalities! Anna Bolena is an exhilarating jewel of bel canto opera filled with poignant arias and moving duets waiting to be discovered by you.

Supported by a lead gift from the Peter Moores Foundation's Swansong Project and WNO Bel Canto Syndicate.

**** The Times

**** The Guardian

 

“I am truly excited by the Anna Bolena cast as I believe we will hear some exceptionally beautiful voices! I hope they will inspire our audiences with their dramatically intense performances as well as virtuosic singing" 
Isabel Murphy, Director of Artistic Administration

To book tickets for the complete Tudors Trilogy see here.

Free Pre-performance talks
Prior to every performance of The Tudors operas.

Fact and Fiction
Saturday 5 October | Thursday 14 November | Thursday 21 November
History has inspired great artists to create thrilling re-imaginings of historical events. Set in the splendour of some of the finest National Trust properties, Fact and Fiction combines costumed operatic performances in with the perspectives of  historian Anna Whitelock and historical novelist Suzannah Dunn.  If you are making time to see all three operas, Fact and Fiction is the perfect way to spend the middle afternoon of a consecutive cycle. Tudor themed refreshments are available.

At home with The Tudors
Thursday 10 October
Explore The Tudor Merchant’s House in Tenby with figures from the age of The Tudors. The House will be brought to life with the sounds of Donizetti’s operas during this hour long experience. A speaker will put Donizetti’s operas into historical context. This event in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby is the perfect excursion during the complete Tudors cycle in Swansea.

A Tudor Day Out
Thursday 24 October
Visit two of the finest Tudor buildings on this special coach trip to Speke Hall and Little Moreton Hall. On your way to the properties our speaker will give a special talk putting the properties and The Tudors into context. Lunch will be served at Little Moreton Hall. Ticket includes talks, coach travel, entry to the properties and lunch.

The Whole Story
Wednesday 4 September - Wednesday 13 November
The perfect way to prepare for The Tudors. Two weeks before performances begin, our team of experts will guide you through the music, stories and background to each opera.

Bel Canto Masters: Donizetti
Sunday 6 October - Friday 29 November
As we begin our journey through the classics of the bel canto repertoire, a specialist speaker will provide a guide to the life and work of Gaetano Donizetti.

David Pountney in Conversation
Thursday 5 September
David Pountney talks to members of The Tudors’ creative team about bringing this epic experience to the stage.

Courtiers discuss the state of royal affairs: Queen Anne’s star is sinking since King Henry VIII has fallen in love with another woman. The Queen admits to her lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour, that she is troubled, and remembers the happiness of her first love.

Jane, who is in fact the King’s new lover, is conscience-stricken but realizes that it is too late to turn back when the King declares his love for her, promising marriage and glory.

Anne’s brother, Lord Rocheford, is surprised to meet Lord Percy, the queen’s former lover. Percy has been called back from exile by the King, who now arrives with a hunting party, followed by Anne and her women. The King has devised Percy’s return as a trap for his wife and orders an officer to spy on the couple.

The page Smeaton, who is in love with the Queen, is on his way to her apartments to return a miniature portrait of her that he had stolen. He hides when Anne appears with Rocheford, who persuades his sister to admit Percy, who is still in love with her. Anne admits that the King no longer loves her but says that she remains faithful. The King bursts in on them and Anne, Percy and Smeaton are arrested.

Anne has been imprisoned and Jane attempts to persuade her to confess her love for Percy, thereby allowing the King to remarry. Anne refuses, and curses the woman who will be her successor. Jane admits that she will be Anne’s successor.

Smeaton has falsely testified to being the Queen’s lover, believing that his confession would save Anne’s life. Anne and Percy are brought before the council. Percy claims that he and Anne are married in the eyes of heaven. Jane pleads with the King to spare Anne’s life but is dismissed. The council’s verdict is announced: the royal marriage is dissolved and Anne must be executed, along with her accomplices.

Anne feverishly imagines that it is her wedding day and remembers her girlhood love for Percy. Her fellow prisoners are brought in and, when the sounds of celebration are heard, Anne realises that the King’s new marriage is inevitable and curses him and his new wife before being led away for execution.

Creative team
Conductor Daniele Rustioni (until 6 Nov)
Andrew Greenwood (from 13 Nov)
Director Alessandro Talevi
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
Movement Maxine Braham

Cast includes
Anne Boleyn Serena Farnocchia (until 23 Oct)
Linda Richardson (from 6 Nov)
Henry VIII Alastair Miles
Jane Seymour Katharine Goeldner
Lord Percy Robert McPherson
Smeaton Faith Sherman
Lord Rocheford Daniel Grice
Lord Hervey Robyn Lyn Evans

For more information about our cast, see our Cast & Creative page.

All performances start at 7pm

Running time approximately 3 hours 9 minutes including one interval

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff, Swansea and Llandudno)

 

WNO and The National Trust are working together in partnership to support the performances with a rich programme of events at Trust properties including Tredegar House, Plas Newydd and The Tudor Merchant’s House, Tenby. Visit wno.org.uk/nt for details of the events. Trust members are entitled to priority booking for these events through the properties until 1 May.

We have negotiated a special rate for those seeing more than one of The Tudors operas.

Marriott Hotels

Cardiff Marriott Hotel
10% off rooms
Please find link below to Marriott hotels website to book online; rates will be subject to availability and discounted will be off any rate booked. For further information and to book please go to marriott.co.uk/default.mi. Rates are all subject to availability. Theatre ticket must be produced on check-in to qualify the rate to be changed. Discount of 10% will only be valid between 7 September – 6 October 2013.

Swansea Marriott Hotel
10% off rooms
Please find link below to Marriott hotels website to book online; rates will be subject to availability and discounted will be off any rate booked. For further information and to book please go to marriott.co.uk/default.mi. Rates are all subject to availability. Theatre ticket must be produced on check-in to qualify the rate to be changed. Discount of 10% will only be valid between 8 October – 12 October 2013.

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
10% off rooms
Please find link below to Marriott hotels website to book online; rates will be subject to availability and discounted will be off any rate booked. For further information and to book please go to marriott.co.uk/default.mi 
Rates are all subject to availability. Theatre ticket must be produced on check-in to qualify the rate to be changed. Discount of 10% will only be valid between 5 November – 9 November 2013.

Birmingham Marriott Hotel
£100 per night
You can now book online using the corporate code 7WO or they can contact Marriott reservations department on 0121 452 1144 and quote the reservation code WKAW to receive this deal. Book a room for just £100 per night based on double occupancy to include accommodation and breakfast. Valid for stays between 12 November - 16 November 2013 inclusive.

Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
£99 per night
Valid for stays between 23 November - 1 December 2013 inclusive. Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club would like to offer guests of the Welsh National Opera preferential accommodation rates to stay at our 4* hotel.  Located amid the Hampshire countryside and in close proximity to Southampton city the hotel has great leisure and golf facilities to offer you the ultimate in relaxation.  Book a Standard Deluxe bedroom for just £99.00 per night based on single or double occupancy to include accommodation, full English breakfast, car parking use of the hotels leisure facilities and VAT.  Please note this offer is subject to availability and is not to be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions.  To book telephone 01329 833455 quoting code PROM.  For further information on the hotel take a look at our website at marriottmeonvalley.co.uk

Thornbury Castle

Why not stay in England’s only Tudor Castle hotel?
Thornbury Castle is situated in Thornbury, North Bristol and has hosted regal visits from Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary I.

During the WNO Tudor Trilogy the hotel will be offering an exclusive package that includes:
1 x Night in a stunning bedchamber
Pre Theatre Starter and Main Course before departing for the performance
Taxi transportation to Bristol Hippodrome
2 Tickets for one of The Tudor Trilogy shows 6 - 8 November
Return transportation back to Thornbury Castle where your desserts and coffee will be served
Nightcaps can be taken in the lounge if you desire before you retire to your luxurious bedchamber
The following morning a freshly prepared Regal breakfast will be available for you before you depart at your leisure

Prices start from:
£360.00 based on 2 people sharing a classic bedchamber, price is per room per night and includes Car Parking, Wi-Fi and VAT
For any guests booking this package before the 5th October will receive a complimentary room upgrade worth £100.00

To book call 01454 281182 or visit www.thornburycastle.co.uk

- See more at: http://www.wno.org.uk/tudorsbreak#sthash.62Rxj5qA.dpuf

Thornbury Castle

Why not stay in England’s only Tudor Castle hotel?
Thornbury Castle is situated in Thornbury, North Bristol and has hosted regal visits from Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary I.

During the WNO Tudor Trilogy the hotel will be offering an exclusive package that includes:
1 x Night in a stunning bedchamber
Pre Theatre Starter and Main Course before departing for the performance
Taxi transportation to Bristol Hippodrome
2 Tickets for one of The Tudor Trilogy shows 6 - 8 November
Return transportation back to Thornbury Castle where your desserts and coffee will be served
Nightcaps can be taken in the lounge if you desire before you retire to your luxurious bedchamber
The following morning a freshly prepared Regal breakfast will be available for you before you depart at your leisure

Prices start from:
£360.00 based on 2 people sharing a classic bedchamber, price is per room per night and includes Car Parking, Wi-Fi and VAT
For any guests booking this package before the 5th October will receive a complimentary room upgrade worth £100.00

To book call 01454 281182 or visit thornburycastle.co.uk

Thornbury Castle

Why not stay in England’s only Tudor Castle hotel?
Thornbury Castle is situated in Thornbury, North Bristol and has hosted regal visits from Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary I.

During the WNO Tudor Trilogy the hotel will be offering an exclusive package that includes:
1 x Night in a stunning bedchamber
Pre Theatre Starter and Main Course before departing for the performance
Taxi transportation to Bristol Hippodrome
2 Tickets for one of The Tudor Trilogy shows 6 - 8 November
Return transportation back to Thornbury Castle where your desserts and coffee will be served
Nightcaps can be taken in the lounge if you desire before you retire to your luxurious bedchamber
The following morning a freshly prepared Regal breakfast will be available for you before you depart at your leisure

Prices start from:
£360.00 based on 2 people sharing a classic bedchamber, price is per room per night and includes Car Parking, Wi-Fi and VAT
For any guests booking this package before the 5th October will receive a complimentary room upgrade worth £100.00

To book call 01454 281182 or visit www.thornburycastle.co.uk

- See more at: http://www.wno.org.uk/tudorsbreak#sthash.62Rxj5qA.dpuf

Llandudno Opera Holidays

Barbara Sandbach has organised Opera Holiday breaks to Venue Cymru, Llandudno. These breaks include:

  • Specially reserved and discounted WNO tickets of your choice
  • Selected promenade hotel accomodation near to the theatre
  • A copy of the programme for the operas
  • Reserved tickets for pre-performance talks
  • A welcome page

All packages include accomodation in the hotel of your choice, dinner, room and breakfast. For more information, please visit llandudnooperaholidays.co.uk or contact Barbara on 01492 879 526.

 

Bodysgallen Hall

Bodysgallen Hall are offering a package which includes accommodation, cooked breakfast, two-course lunch (Value £25 per person), full use of the health and fitness spa (swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, relaxation area and Club Room) and VAT.  

  • Double occupancy (double or twin) £115 per person per night (£345 for the three nights)
  • Single occupancy £145 per night (£435 for three nights)
  • For more information and to book this package at Bodysgallen Hall please call 01492 684466 or book online through bodysgallen.com and use WNOTudors as a booking code.

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